My Alpine Home

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Changes inside Hilltop Cottage

Hello my friends,
I'm sure that many of you know that hubby, my son, and son in law built me a she shed last spring.  It took until Fall for her to be completed.  This photo was taken at a Fall Tea I hosted.  Since then hubby has added a pergola over the porch area.
We stored some of outdoor furniture inside for winter and I could hardly wait to empty it out and play!
While giving her a good spring cleaning I made a few changes.
Notice the teal green cabinet in the top center photo.  I used it to house some of my pots and seed packets.  Our youngest daughter moved into an apartment and asked if she could take it to hold some of her clothes. 

It sat on top of an old iron rite and I place everything inside of a tote that just sat on the ground inside of the shed.
At our last junkin adventure with the estate I am helping with I spied something in one corner of the basement.
It looked to be the top piece to an old stove.
Although I'm sure the wooden shelves originally had to be metal.
It was instant love!
This baby has curves!!  :)

Wonderful metal brackets and two little plates, perfect for
holding a pot!

The top shelf holds a floral tin that stores seeds and my small cloche collection that was gifted to me by my friend, Joyce.

I placed my small finial collection on one end.  I collect so darn many things.  lol!
I am loving this sweet piece!  Worth a second look. (wink)
I have this old dresser that I painted a few years ago.  It's great for holding gardens supplies.  I had it out on my deck for a few years and the veneer top pulled back.  So now that I'm a tile expert, (hardly).  I decided to tile the top using a broken bumble bee pot and a couple of yellow bowls.


I placed a large roll of jute on a metal pie tin underneath an old funnel.  I wove it up through, and now it's handy for tying back vines and plants.

On my gal trip to St. George with friends I bought 3 children's brooms at a yard sale for $2 each.  Don't know why, but I just love them!  They already had little hooks on the top so I hung them in the shed.  Handy for me and the grands.
One of them was on it's last leg, but I couldn't leave it behind.

I tied a couple of baskets from the garden edging I added to the beams.  One is a gathering baskets with a handle.  It's divided into three sections.  I can hardly wait to gather some blooms in it!

And last of all, Hilltop has a new guardian watching over it.
My friend, Shirley from Zettas Aprons made this sweet tomato farmer.  She formed his head out of clay and the Tomato Dust can is super cute.  She brought him by one day and said that he wanted to live in my shed.  Isn't that the sweetest?

I think he likes it here.

Hanging out inside of Hilltop Cottage sure makes me happy!

Friday, May 19, 2017


Hello my friends,
I have had a bit of fun placing tiles.
Last week I headed South to get more items for our next estate sale.  We decided that we would do something fun
before getting to work.
We started with this.
Lots of pretty pieces of broken glass.  When we've done tile projects before we have placed the dishes in a towel and broke them with a hammer.  We found some tile cutters in Aunt Bunnies estate.  They were great for cutting perfect pieces!

They remind me of beach glass.
We also used these.  Old shovels and tile adhesive, again from Bunnies estate,
We spread the adhesive on with a knife and started
 placing tiles.
Wipe off any adhesive that's on the tiles, or that is sticking up high.  You want to leave room for the grout.

I chose a round shovel and Julie and Dolly chose a square one.

We let them dry outside over night.  The next morning we spread a layer of white grout over the entire shovel.
Dolly is using a wet sponge to wipe off the excess.

Then we let them dry over night again.
We had an extra shovel so I made one for another sister.
I've placed mine out on our front porch. 
I've been debating as to whether or not I want to add some ribbon or something fun hanging on it.

It makes me smile each time I walk up to the front door.
I love placing tiles in more ways than one.  I play Words on my phone with a few of my blog friends.  It's another fun way to connect with them.  Some of them are so good at placing tiles!  :)
I will be sharing with these fun parties:


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Share Your Cup #249

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
The party where you share what makes you happy.
It's what I call, "filling your cup".
I have had another busy week.  Dolly and my sister, Julie came up and helped me set up for our next estate sale.  I am so amazed that there are still so many good treasures to be found in this home!
In The Joy of Motherhood I shared how being a wife and a mother has been my greatest blessing in life.
I also shared a fun repurpose project by Meri Cvetan in
Links were way down last week.  Hoping to see more join the party this week.  :)
Now for the features from SYC #248:
Janet from Rosemary & Thyme shared how to make a beautiful spring floral arrangement.
Carole From My Carolina Home took us on a tour of the gorgeous Brookgreen Gardens.
Gentle Joy Photography shared stunning photos of clouds.
Beverly from Eclectic Red Barn shared the recipe for her yummy Low Carb Peanut Chicken Skewers.
Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.
Now let's party!
1.  I would love for you to be a follower of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
2.  Link up a particular post and not your entire blog. Please limit your links to no more than three.
3.  Please have a back link to this post.  That way others will know where the party is.
  Only those with a back link will be featured.
 4.  Please find time to visit at least two other participants.
It's a great way to find new friends!

After you link up, please come back and leave a comment.  They help to fill my cup! 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sweet Dreams!

Hello my friends, today I am sharing a post by Merri, an interior designer.  I do not receive any compensation, but I think this is a fun project that my readers will enjoy.

Sweet Dreams: DIY Travel Memories Nightstand

By Merri Cvetan


It doesn’t matter if you travel once a year or once a decadethe memories you make while away from home are important. Relive those moments by keeping photos and souvenirs nearby. Instead of displaying your souvenirs in the living room, there are plenty of travel-inspired decorating ideas for your bedroom. Try creating a little shrine to your travels next to your bed.

Before you start, envision your final project. What do your vacation memories look like? Time spent relaxing on the beach, riding amusement park rides with the kids or dashing from museum to museum in a big city? I prefer the latter. I love big cities, especially old, historic ones with lots of museums, so I decided to go with a New York City-themed nightstand.

Before you start, envision your final project. What do your vacation memories look like? Time spent relaxing on the beach, riding amusement park rides with the kids or dashing from museum to museum in a big city? I prefer the latter. I love big cities, especially old, historic ones with lots of museums, so I decided to go with a New York City-themed nightstand.

I found a little nightstand at a resale shop. It’s in good condition, but a little dated. (Think country decor from the 80s!) I planned to cover the solid panel door with a map.

After gently sanding the old finish, I gave the nightstand three coats of a pretty turquoise blue. I chose a satin finish. You can also use semi-gloss, but it’s important to note that a shinier finish (like a gloss) tends to highlight flaws. I didn’t paint the front of the door since I planned to cover it up in a different way.

New York is one of my favorite cities. I love the hustle and bustle, the theaters on Broadway, the shopping and museums. I cut an atlas map of the city boroughs to fit the front panel of the door. A map of the subway system or Central Park would be fun alternatives, too.

I applied the map onto the door with a decoupage technique, using my fingers to smooth out the bubbles. Once the top coat was dry, most of the remaining bubbles disappeared.

I lucked out when I found a compass cabinet knob. How appropriate!

I pinned photos of special buildings and parts of the city on the wall. I plan to make it a revolving display by swapping out the pictures or postcards every month. On top of the nightstand, I displayed my collection of memorabilia, including Empire State Building souvenirs and a key chainbut you can gather any items that remind you of your trip or are important to you.

Now every morning, I can wake up thinking about my time in the Big Apple. This is the perfect way to keep your vacation memories alive!

Merri Cvetan is a crafty interior designer who likes to create beautiful one-of-kind pieces and write about them for The Home Depot. She provides step-by-step instructions on everything from spicing up your nightstand to creating your own backsplash. If you are looking for that special nightstand to jazz up your bedroom, visit The Home Depot.



Friday, May 12, 2017

The Joy of Motherhood. . .

Hello my friends,
one of my greatest joys is that of being a mother!
I'll never forget the day that I held our first born in my arms.  I was a young 21 year old and that precious little one changed my life forever!  I felt the same each time a new bundle of joy entered into our lives.
I've put together a simple vignette honoring motherhood.  I know that not everyone has children.  I hope that they realize that they are an important motherly example to friends and family members
 who have children!!

The two books were recent thrift store finds.
I've yet to read either, but hope to soon!  :)
I placed the books on a concrete pedestal and topped them with a vintage pincushion that I bought at an estate sale a few years ago.  Of course my thoughts turn to my own dear mother on Mother's Day.  She was an amazing seamstress!
The sweet flower and heart were attached when I bought it.
It's made from vintage linens.  Love!!
Recently I spied this Mellomints tin in the case at one of our local thrifts.  It said sold, but it had been over an hour and the person had not picked it up.  The clerk told me that I was welcome to buy it.

I opened it up and found it filled with buttons.  That brought a smile to my face.  Mom kept her buttons in a large round tin.
I love how it is time worn!  I can just picture some sweet mother h holding this small tin in her hands.

The Mother/daughter figurines were another estate sale find  I picked up last year.
Look at those sweet faces!

And last of all, a sweet bride and groom cake toppers.  At our last estate sale we had 6 or 7 fabulous cake toppers.  This little one was left after the sale, and I could not resist!  (wink)
I put it all together for a simple but sweet Mother's Day vignette.
 I'll leave you with a few images of one of my
 mother's favorite flowers.
Things are blooming a bit earlier in the garden than usual.  My Iris usually don't bloom until just before Memorial Day.

There are more variety of Iris to bloom and I can't wait!
Happy Mother's Day!
I will be sharing with these fun parties: